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The Algona Chapter was named after the town in which it resides.  The name, Algona, is of Native American origin and was chosen by Sarah Heckart Call, the young bride of Asa C. Call who with his brother, Ambrose, founded Algona in 1854.


The first organized meeting was held May 12, 1924 with the following charter members: Julie Brace, Lettie Brace, Ernestine Chubb, Myrtle Dickinson, Anna Louise Fairbanks, Mattie Mae Falkenhainer, Veda Elizabeth Falkenhainer, Maude Free, Katherine Shearer Gilmore, Sylvia Gunn, Elizabeth Green Haggard, Helen E. Paxson, and Mabel Waterbury.


The first yearbook of the chapter was issued for 1924‑1925. Our chapter celebrated 75 years April and May 1999 and celebrated 80 years in 2004-2005 by doing an activity every month.


The Algona chapter has been busy throughout years.  Some of the historical activities include:

  • In 1929, placed a bronze tablet on a boulder in Ambrose Call State Park, near Algona, Iowa, to mark the site of the first cabin in that area.

  • On June 14,1937, placed an inscribed boulder to mark the site of the first schoolhouse in Kossuth County. This marker was dedicated with a ceremony which was attended by a large group of pioneers and friends. The Honorable Harvey Ingham of Des Moines was the speaker and the high school band furnished the music. The chapter also presented a historical plaque to be hung in the schoolhouse nearest this site.

  • Presented a silk flag and protective glass case to the Ambrose Call Park, Algona. This was placed in the shelter house.

  • A bronze plaque by Solbach's was presented marking the site of the stockade built in 1857 to help protect pioneers against hostile Sioux Indians. It is located on the Solbach Drug building after the Hub Clothing burned in 1970. The restoration and replacement was done as part of the 50th anniversary of the chapter in 1973.

Current activities by the Algona chapter include giving DAR magazine gift subscriptions to the Algona Public Library and the Laurens Public Library, providing a window display in a store window in Algona and in the Algona and Laurens Libraries to celebrate Constitution Week in September and celebrating American History Month in February with another display in stores and libraries.


Each Christmas clothing and soup labels are sent to Tamassee, Kate Duncan Smith, and Bacone DAR schools. Books and comfort items are sent to the veterans hospital in Iowa City.


A graduating senior with high interests in American History is the recipient of the chapters' monetary award.


Good citizens are selected at six area high schools, and with their parents, are guests at the November meeting, with one going on to District. In 1972, the Algona Chapter sponsored the State Good Citizen Award Winner. The Good Citizenship award is given at the local middle school. In addition, a deserving recipient is chosen each year to receive the Chapter Excellence in Community Service Award.


A United States Flag is given to an area organization or group each year. The chapter is represented at the Memorial Day ceremonies.



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